SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D. C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
May 24, 2017
Registrant, State of Incorporation,
Address And Telephone Number
The Southern Company
(A Delaware Corporation)
30 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30308
The name and address of the registrant have not changed since the last report.
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Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.
The Southern Company (the “Company”) held its Annual Meeting of Stockholders on May 24, 2017. Stockholders voted as follows on the matters presented for a vote:
The nominees for election to the Board of Directors were elected based on the following votes:
Juanita Powell Baranco
Jon A. Boscia
Henry A. Clark III
Thomas A. Fanning
David J. Grain
Veronica M. Hagen
Warren A. Hood, Jr.
Linda P. Hudson
Donald M. James
John D. Johns
Dale E. Klein
William G. Smith, Jr.
Steven R. Specker
Larry D. Thompson
E. Jenner Wood III
The proposal to approve an amendment to the certificate of incorporation to reduce the supermajority vote requirements to a majority vote, which pursuant to the certificate of incorporation requires the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the issued and outstanding shares, was not approved based upon the following votes:
The proposal to approve, on an advisory basis, the Company’s named executive officers’ compensation was approved based upon the following votes:
The stockholders voted, on an advisory basis, to conduct future advisory votes to approve the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers as follows:
Every Three Years
In connection with the Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors of the Company recommended that stockholders vote to conduct future advisory votes to approve the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers on an annual basis. In light of such recommendation and considering the strong support for an annual vote as reflected in the above voting results, the Board of Directors, on May 24, 2017, determined that the Company will conduct future advisory votes to approve the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers annually.
The proposal to ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2017 was approved based upon the following votes:
The stockholder proposal on a report on strategy for international energy agency 2°C scenario was not approved based upon the following votes:
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: May 25, 2017
THE SOUTHERN COMPANY
/s/Melissa K. Caen
Melissa K. Caen